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From the beginning, John Sutherland recognized that his literary gifts lay in criticism rather than in poetry. His independence from the academy and his largely autodidactic training gave him a unique perspective as a critic of Canadian literature. What these letters document, beyond a purely personal struggle, is a period (1942-1956) of great importance in the development of Canadian poetry, and it is above all the nuts and bolts of that development that they bring into keen relief: the economics of publishing books and literary magazines in the days before The Canada Council, and the difficulty, if not the impossibility, of trying wholly to live a life in literature at that time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781550221688
ISBN-10: 155022168X
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 350
Imprint: ECW Press,Canada
Publisher: ECW Press,Canada
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1994
Country of Publication: Canada

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Bruce Whiteman is a poet, critic, and librarian at McGill University's McLennan Library.

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